GracePort USB-C PD
The GracePort USB-C Power Delivery (PD) charging station allows service technicians and PLC programmers to safely charge their laptops and other handheld devices from outside the door using a USB-C charging cable. USB-C connections are quickly becoming an industry standard for transmitting both data and power within a single cable. In the case of our GracePort configurations, we wanted to create a more efficient option for providing power for laptops and other essential devices while on the job.
Under OSHA directives and NFPA 70E guidelines, there must be 50 Volts or above for shock hazards to exist in a typical work environment, and voltages operating at below 50 Volts do not require guarding against accidental contact which is required by OSHA under 29 CFR 1910.303(g)(2)(i). Having a 24VDC-powered USB-C PD charging option eliminates shock hazard risk and gives users a unique ability to transition from their current GFCI-protected outlets to a much safer and compact option with minimal wiring complexities.
Control panel design engineers are constantly working to simplify their designs and increase safety in their control panels. By removing 120 VAC power through the panel, they can eliminate the risk of both shock and arc flash hazards as per NFPA 70E. With the emerging USB-C PD standard, laptops and other electronic devices are now able to be quickly charged using a USB-C PD charging port powered by a 24 VDC connection.
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